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ETL711 - Learning An Additional Language


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

No longer offered in Trimester 3 from 2020

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Zosia Golebiowski
Trimester 2: Zosia Golebiowski




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


This unit explores the processes involved in learning a language, and how these are researched using notions such as error analysis, contrastive analysis and learner language. It considers how the acquired language is studied, and the relationship between first and additional language acquisition. Among the factors discussed are learner variability, silent period and language production, and cognitive effects of second language acquisition.

Other topics covered include the features of the sociocultural context of language learning that influence acquisition and the experience of language immersion.

The unit explores also features of the second language classroom that impact the acquisition, including feedback and noticing, teacher-role and learning strategies.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand complex factors that influence the acquiring of a second language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Understand the theories and processes of additional/second language acquisition

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Describe the range of factors that influence the acquisition of an additional language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Respond critically to traditional psychosocial descriptions as well as contemporary sociocultural descriptions of second/foreign language acquisition

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Re-contextualize the role of the first language when learning a second language

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Learning log 2500 words 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Analysis of classroom lesson from language acquisition perspective 2500 words 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ETL711 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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